ISTANBUL – A Turkish news agency says two suspected Islamic State operatives have been detained at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, which was the scene of last week’s deadly triple suicide bombing-and-gun attack.
The private Dogan news agency said Monday the two suspects hail from the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan, identifying them by their initials F.M.I and K.V. They were detained Sunday.
Turkish police, according to the report, found military camouflage outfits and thermal binoculars, in addition to two passports issued under different names in their suitcases. The report did not specify if the pair were leaving or arriving in Turkey.
Three militants armed with assault rifles and suicide bombs stormed Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on June 28. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Turkish officials say they believe it was the work of the Islamic State group.